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Your Future: After High School

September 25, 2012 - 1:10pm -- DawnM

Thinking about what options you have for your future? College? Trade school? A job? The military? Thinking about  joining Job Corps or AmeriCorps? Check out what the Denver Public Library’s teen website has to offer! This website has links to books, ebooks, DVDs, suggested websites and even an awesome database to help you get your future started today!

Learning Express Library Database:

Contribute to Evolver!

September 21, 2012 - 12:19pm -- angela

Are you an artist, a writer or cinematographer? Do you love books, movies or music and want to share what you've read? We want you to contribute to Evolver!

With this new site you'll be able to post your work and comment on work by other teens. What should you share? Pretty much anything! We are accepting art (photography, painting, digital art), writing (poetry, short stories, song lyrics) and reviews on books, movies and music. You can also create a book list of your favorites and we'll post them along with links to the catalog so other teens can check out what you recommend.

Creative teens + technology = ideaLAB!

September 20, 2012 - 11:27am -- nate

This last week brought terrific news: the Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Colorado State Library! The grant will fund the creation of what we’re calling the ideaLAB, a digital creation space just for teens.

Writing Workshop for Teens!

September 19, 2012 - 8:22am -- Nikki

Do you love to write? Do you dream of seeing your stories in print?

Here's your chance to learn more about the writing process. We're hosting a writing workshop that is just for teens (ages 12-18) with award winning author, Laura Resau, author of 7 books including The Queen of Water, Red Glass, and The Indigo Notebook. Laura will teach her Creating Vivid Characters workshop using various activities.

Free the Books! Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

September 17, 2012 - 8:13am -- Tara

Did you know that over 11,000 books have been challenged since Banned Books Week began in 1982? Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a banned book today!

The library enthusiastically supports an individuals freedom to choose what they read and to express their own unique opinions. Having multiple viewpoints available to you is a fundamental right that libraries work hard to protect.

What is your favorite banned book? Some famous banned books include:

Make your own games!

August 15, 2012 - 9:15am -- nate
24 years ago, I spent a summer in front of my brand-new Atari XE (Dad was convinced the NES wouldn't be successful), playing Rescue on Fractalus!, an early LucasArts 8-bit game that made me scream so often that my mother asked me to stop playing it (it was really scary when I was 11). Games have been a part of my life ever since, and I'd always dreamed of making my own.

Library of the Living Dead: Preparing the Central Library for the Zombie Apocalypse

We’ve been hearing about the upcoming zombie apocalypse for quite some time—even the CDC has a zombie preparedness web page! Even though it’s coming, not many people have taken the steps to prepare themselves. The teens at the Central Library decided to remedy this problem. With tons of books about zombies, maps of the Central Library, and a lot of creativity, the teens created a zombie safety plan.

Writing Inspiration for Teens from Author Mary Jane Beaufrand

June 4, 2012 - 10:22am -- angela

We're happy to present you with a guest post from Mary Jane Beaufrand, author of Dark River (formerly The River).

Hang around writers long enough and you’ll inevitably get The Story. “I turned in this rough draft to my college professor and it came back dripping red with edits. It looked like it had been slaughtered. He said I would never amount to anything as a writer.”

“I showed my work to my high school teacher and they told me I couldn’t bend the truth like that.”

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